Editor's note: This story has been updated to include additional Meals on Wheels information.

Learn more about volunteer and donation opportunities in Leander and Liberty Hill area. For specific volunteer requirements, contact the organization directly. This list is not comprehensive.

Community resources

Hill Country Community Ministries

The nonprofit organization operates a food pantry, clothes closet and resource center for people in need or facing a crisis.
  • Sample activities: sorting and stocking shelves, food distribution, case management, outdoor maintenance
  • Donations accepted: clothing, household goods, furniture, nonperishable food items
  • 1005 Lacy Drive, Leander (pantry); 1501 Leander Drive, Bldg. C, Unit 3, Leander (thrift store)
  • www.hccm.org
Hope Alliance

The nonprofit provides a range of services and counseling for victims of family and sexual violence.
  • Sample activities: answer crisis calls, assist with programs
  • Donations accepted: monetary gifts, items from Amazon wishlist, vehicles, housing
  • 1011 Gattis School Road, Ste. 110, Round Rock
  • www.hopealliancetx.org
L4 Cares

The organization provides support for families of terminally ill children, senior citizens, active and retired military, and those in crisis. The organization hosts events for families with a child battling terminal illness, including camps, celebrations and concerts.
  • Sample activities: nursing home and Veteran Affairs visits, welcome home parades, working other events
  • Donations accepted: monetary gifts
  • www.l4cares.org
Operation Liberty Hill

The faith-based organization offers a food pantry, thrift store, financial services and spiritual support through its Rise Up, Operation Back to School, Angel Tree, Silver Bells and Operation Blue Santa programs.
  • Sample activities: sort and distribute food; assist customers; hang clothes; stock, organize and clean at the thrift store; sort and prepare donations; pack kids summer snack bags; assist with fundraisers
  • Donations accepted: monetary gifts, nonperishable food, hygiene items, clothes and goods for thrift store
  • 1401 N. US 183, Leander
  • www.operationlh.org
Opportunities of Williamson and Burnet Counties

The organization provides Meals on Wheels, family development services with Head Start, and other community services to families in both counties.
  • Sample activities: delivering meals, providing companionship
  • Donations accepted: monetary gifts, pet supplies, adult diapers, hygiene kits
  • 604 High Tech Drive, Georgetown
  • www.owbc-tx.org
The Salvation Army in Williamson County

The organization provides emergency shelter, rehabilitation programs, Christmas assistance, emergency disaster services, family stores and rent/utility assistance.
  • Sample activities: organize food pantry, distribute food and aid, teach classes, data entry, Christmas bell ringing
  • Donations accepted: monetary gifts, clothing, furniture, household items, groceries, shelf-stable foods
  • http://salvationarmyaustin.org
United Way for Greater Austin

The organization advocates for the health, education and financial literacy of all residents in the Austin area.
  • Sample activities: building a playhouse at a child care center, planting native Texas flowers, mulching a local trail, painting pre-K classrooms, sorting books for students
  • Donations accepted: monetary gifts
  • 1111 N. I-35, Ste. 220, Round Rock
  • www.unitedwayaustin.org
Education and children

Austin Steam Train Association

The organization operates a fleet of trains that depart from and travel to depots in Cedar Park, Bertram or Burnet.
  • Sample activities: on-board service volunteers including car attendants, concession sales attendants, crew chief and train crew; other seasonal opportunities
  • Donations accepted: monetary gifts
  • 401 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. C-100, Cedar Park
  • www.austinsteamtrain.org
Hope Austin

Hope Austin provides weekend meals and snack kits for over 4,600 children across 103 schools in the Travis and Williamson County-area schools.
  • Sample activities: assembling weekend meal kits or snack kits, delivery drivers
  • Donations accepted: monetary gifts, some food donations
  • 10401 Anderson Mill Road, Ste. 116, Austin
  • www.hope4austin.org
CASA of Travis County

The organization’s volunteers advocate for more than 1,000 neglected or abused children each year in the county. Volunteers must complete a personal interview, background and reference checks, and a 39-hour training before being sworn in by a judge.
  • Sample activities: spending 15-20 hours a month getting to know a child, their family and situation; gathering information to make recommendations to a judge in their best interest
  • Donations accepted: monetary gifts
  • 7600 Chevy Chase Drive, Ste. 200, Austin
  • www.casatravis.org
CASA of Williamson County

The organization provides trained, court-appointed volunteers who advocate for abused or neglected children in the foster care system.
  • Sample activities: advocating for the children they serve, preparing court reports, coordinating with the child welfare team, attending court
  • Donations accepted: monetary gifts, stocks, gift cards for gas and groceries, postage stamps, drinks and snacks, raffle items
  • 2100 Scenic Drive, Ste. 110, Georgetown
  • www.casawilco.org
Leander ISD Educational Excellence Foundation

The nonprofit organization provides resources for students and staff in the district through fundraising.
  • Sample activities: participating in book drives, planning or administering events, serving as a LEEF ambassador or on the board of directors
  • Donations accepted: monetary gifts
  • 204 W. South St., Leander
  • www.leeftx.org
Leander ISD PTA Clothes Closet

The community closet, operated by the Leander ISD Council of PTAs, provides gently used clothing and new underwear and socks for LISD students. Both community members and students may volunteer.
  • Sample activities: sorting, tagging and folding clothes; helping shoppers
  • Donations accepted: gently used clothes and shoes, new underwear and socks
  • 324 S. West Drive, Leander (north location); River Place Elementary School, 6500 Sitio Del Rio Blvd., Portable 3, Austin (south location)
  • www.lisdptacouncil.com/clothes-closet

The nonprofit offers counseling and family support as well as therapy services to biological families through the Carver Center for Families in Georgetown. It also provides trauma-informed and restorative practices training and implementation to school districts, law enforcement, and the judicial system.
  • Sample activities: organizing events, sewing weighted blankets
  • Donations accepted: play therapy supplies, gift cards, monetary gifts
  • 1520 Leander Road, Ste. 102, Georgetown
  • www.starry.org
Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center

The nonprofit provides assistance to children who have been abused or neglected.
  • Sample activities: greeting families when they come into the center, helping with events and fundraising, organizing donations, data entry
  • Donations accepted: individually packaged snacks, bottled water, gift cards for gas and groceries, art supplies, blankets, stuffed animals, monetary gifts
  • 1811 SE Inner Loop, Georgetown
  • www.wilcocac.org
Animal services

Central Texas SPCA

The small animal adoption center rescues dogs and cats at risk of euthanasia by taking them from high-kill shelters. Operating for over 35 years, the organization offers animals home-like shelter with spacious condos for cats and appropriate-sized crates for dogs along with off-leash play areas.
  • Sample activities: planning events, working on special projects, providing occasional assistance with the animals
  • Donations accepted: monetary gifts; cat- and dog-related items, such as cleaning products and pet food
  • 909 S. Bagdad Road, Leander
  • www.centraltexasspca.org
The Dog Alliance

This group provides service dogs for veterans with combat-related PTSD and first responders with service-related physical or mental disabilities. It also brings therapy dogs for visits at family courts, hospitals, schools and nursing homes.
  • Sample activities: assisting with dog training; participating in distraction training seminars; helping raise puppies into future therapy or service dogs; getting certified to join a therapy dog team; helping with on-site landscaping needs
  • Donations accepted: monetary gifts; dog-related items, such as dog treats, toys and cleaning supplies
  • 1321 W. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park
  • www.thedogalliance.org
Texas Humane Heroes

The nonprofit offers pet adoptions and affordable veterinary services, including vaccinations, spay and neuter services, and preventative care.
  • Sample activities: walking dogs, socializing cats, doing chores around the center
  • Donations accepted: monetary gift; pet supplies, such as martingale collars, poop bags, crates, leashes, metal food dishes, dog and beds
  • 10930 E. Crystal Falls Parkway, Leander
  • www.humaneheroes.org
Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter

The shelter provides care for homeless animals and offers adoption services.
  • Sample activities: socializing animals, assisting with cleaning, working at events, performing administrative tasks
  • Donations accepted: monetary gifts, unopened pet food, newspaper, cardboard trays, pet crates and carriers, towels, bedding
  • 1855 SE Inner Loop, Georgetown
  • http://pets.wilco.org
Housing and the environment

Baker Sanctuary

Spanning 715 acres, Baker Sanctuary provides a mature woodland habitat for the golden-cheeked warbler, an endangered bird species. The land is cared for and tended to by the Travis Audubon Society, which is a nonprofit organization with the primary goal of conserving birds and their habitats.
  • Sample activities: habitat restoration, trails maintenance
  • Donations accepted: monetary gifts
  • 12308 Lime Creek Road, Leander
  • www.travisaudubon.org
Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County

The organization builds homes for low-income families.
  • Sample activities: building and repairing homes, helping at ReStore, serving on committees, performing administrative tasks, volunteering at events
  • Donations accepted: construction materials, tools, vehicles, professional services, stocks, bonds, land, monetary gifts
  • 2108 N. Austin Ave., Georgetown
  • www.williamsonhabitat.org
Texas Master Naturalist Good Water Chapter

The environmental conservation organization focuses on providing educational opportunities and managing natural areas in Central Texas.
  • Sample activities: rescuing native plants, installing butterfly gardens, sowing seeds, harvesting crops, collecting trash, protecting bird nests
  • Donations accepted: monetary gifts
  • 100 Wilco Way, Ste. AG201, Georgetown
  • www.txmn.org/goodwater
Senior support

AGE of Central Texas

The organization helps older adults and their caregivers thrive as they navigate the realities and opportunities of aging and caregiving.
  • Sample activities: providing care and assisting in programs for older adults living with dementia and other early memory-loss conditions
  • Donations accepted: monetary gifts
  • 475 Round Rock W. Drive, Ste. 120, Round Rock
  • www.ageofcentraltx.org
Drive a Senior Northwest

The organization transports hundreds of older adults in areas of Northwest Austin, Cedar Park and Leander who no longer drive to important appointments, stores and other locations.
  • Sample activities: driving seniors to medical appointments, grocery stores or to other essential errands; providing handyman services; visiting or calling seniors to reduce social isolation
  • Donations accepted: monetary gifts, vehicles
  • 11512 Olson Drive, Austin
  • www.driveaseniornorthwest.org
Meals on Wheels Central Texas

The nonprofit distributes 3,000 meals every business day to homebound older adults and people with disabilities across Travis and Williamson counties.
  • Sample activities: providing lunch time meal deliveries, in-home care services and Alzheimer’s respite care; helping with home repairs; assisting grocery shopping; pet food and pet health care for cats and dogs; and more
  • Donations accepted: monetary gifts; sanitary supplies, such as hand sanitizer and masks; toiletry items, such as shampoo and toothpaste; socks; blankets; towels; household items, such as toilet paper and cleaning supplies; wall calendars; microwaves; dog and cat food, accessories and toys
  • 3227 E. Fifth St., Austin
  • www.mealsonwheelscentraltexas.org